Third straight year of early exits for Plano. I must reflect, where is the Coach that will lead Plano's program back to where it belongs. I like Jaydon he bleeds Maroon however the qualites of a true legend is not their. Lets digress to when things were right in the world and Kimbrough was King in Texas & Plano was "The program in Texas". Sorry Mojo you can't compare. I guess i am dwelling to much in the past. However, the past is good.
Kimbrough Ranked Among 'Top 10' Most Memorable Coaches in 50th Anniversary Texas Football Magazine
January 20, 2010
Plano ISD's Legendary Tom Kimbrough, who led the Plano Wildcats to a 171-28-7 record during his 16 years as head coach from 1976 to 1989, is featured among the "Top 10" most memorable Texas football coaches in Dave Campbell's 50th Anniversary Texas Football magazine currently on newsstands.
Coach Kimbrough is shown with Wildcat players at a 1988 playoff game.Tom Landry and Darrell Royal led the list of memorable coaches in the special edition publication, which ranks the top 50 most memorable players, coaches, teams, games and moments, with high school, college and professional ranks all mixed together for the first time in the publication's history.
Only four high school coaches made the "Top 10" ranking in the coaches' catagory. "I can't imagine receiving a greater honor than this," said Coach Kimbrough. "To be placed on a list with Tom Landry, Darrell Royal and Mack Brown is an outstanding honor," said Coach Kimbrough. "I believe you appreciate recognition more with age. You're glad that someone remembers you."
Coach Kimbrough, who has led facility quality control for Plano ISD's business services department since 2003, reminisced about his outstanding coaching career in Plano schools. "I always told my players that football was a team sport and many were responsible for an individual's recognition. That's certainly the case here.
Coach Kimbrough was carried by teammates, including Billy Ray Smith, who later played college and pro football, at a 1978 playoff victory over Temple."I was fortunate to have some of the greatest assistants in the state. I share this recognition with coaches that were on my staff like Gerald Brence (Plano ISD athletic director), Mike Hughes (PWSH athletic director/head coach), Ken Hardison (Schimelpfenig Middle School assistant principal), Randall Chaddick (Jasper High School assistant principal) and Steve Thomas (Plano Senior High School teacher/coach). I also had great players like Jaydon McCullough (PSHS athletic director/head coach) and Marty Melson (Shepton High School coach). They should also feel a part of this. John Clark (retired Plano ISD athletic director) was my mentor. I certainly share this with him as he was so instrumental in whatever success I've had over the years."
Coach Kimbrough is currently serving in his 42nd year in Plano schools. He spent eight years as assistant coach/teacher at Plano Senior High School, followed by 16 years as head football coach. He later served as assistant athletic director for one year prior to serving 10 years as athletic director. Since 2003, he has led facility quality control in the district's business services department. He currently serves as executive director of facility services.
Dave Campbell's special collector's edition magazine features a one-half-page tribute to Coach Kimbrough. The article begins, "Plano and Tom Kimbrough were a perfect fit when he got a job there as assistant coach in 1968. He was a humble, unassuming guy from tiny Valley Mills. Plano was a country town that had just won its second Class 2A state title. The city would change drastically over the next two decades as it morphed from a small farming town into a burgeoning Dallas suburb. Yet, somehow, Kimbrough remained a perfect fit."
Coach Kimbrough is pictured with Plano Wildcats Quarterback Steve Ulmer at the infamous 1977 Plano vs. Highland Park victory in which the Wildcats came back from a 28-0 score in the middle of the third quarter to win the game 29-28. The game is published in Dave Campbell's 50th Anniversary Texas Football magazine as one of Texas' most memorable.The article details the highlights of Coach Kimbrough's career, which included four state championship games and three state championships as well as setting a national attendance record in 1977 for high school football with nearly 50,000 fans.
In a salute to his philosophy, the article states, "Kimbrough never changed what he stood for in his 16-year head coaching career: a strong work ethic, organization and discipline. Plano was a quintessential powerhouse program, churning out talented players and disciplined teams year after year...There was nothing flashy about the Wildcats or Kimbrough, except for the shiny trophies they claimed at the end of the year."
Tom Kimbrough's Coaching Career Highlights
- Four state championship games with three state wins
- Coaching record: 171-28-7
- Texas High School Coach of the Year: 1977, 1986, 1987
- National High School Coach of the Year: 1987
- Texas Christian University Alumnae Hall of Fame
- Denius-UIL Excellence Award: 1991 (inaugural award)
- National High School Attendance Record with 49,950: 1977
- During his leadership as athletic director, 21 Plano ISD teams reached state championship games, winning 12 championships